DAY 01: CUSCO- HUAYQUECHA (biological station)
We will leave from Cusco early in the morning in our car through high Andes where we begin our birding expedition to cloud forest in Manu National park.
Through high Andes inhabit the Canasteros (Asthenes), they like high elevations and within this group we have the Rusty-Fronted Canastero (endemic), Creamy-Crested Canastero (endemic), Chestnut- Breasted Mountain-Finch (endemic); these birds are consider important into our record in this Manu birding tours, also we can see other beautiful birds today such as: Peruvian Sierra-Finch, Ash-Breasted Sierra-finch, Plumbeous Sierra-Finch, Hooded Siskin, Band-Tailed Seedeater, Scribble-Tailed Canastero fairly common but very poorly known in high elevations grasslands of Cusco.
When we get to entrance of the Manu National Park we will begin to drop to cloud forest where we start to birding colorful birds for example: Scarlet-Breasted Mountain-Tanager, Hooded-Mountain-Tanager, Chestnut-Bellied Mountain-Tanager; all of them are relatively large tanagers and in the afternoon will get to lodge to overnight.
DAY 02: HUAYQUECHA – SAN PEDRO (cloud forest)
Today early morning we starting our full cloud forest birding around the biological station of Huayquecha (2950m.snm / 9678f) in this elevation we can see: Grey-Breasted Mountain-Toucan , Red-and-white Antpitta, Puna Thistletail, Marcapata Spinetail, in this area also have the possibility to find the Rufous-Chested Tanager as day grows warming will have the opportunity to find mixed flocks through cloud forest where we can see many species such as : Grass-Green Tanager , Black-Throated Tody-Flycatcher, Barred Fruiteater , White-Banded and White-throated Tyrannulets and much more.
The cloud forest is a paradise to see tanagers and hummingbirds also have to see Collared Inca, Chestnut-Breasted Coronet, Violet-Throated Startfrontlet and Amethyst-Throated Sunangel. As we are descending to Cock of the rock lodge will have variation in climate and also mixed flocks be composed of other species such as Yellow-Throated Bush-Tanager , Common Bush-Tanager, Blue-Winged Mountain-Tanager, Brown-Capped Vireo, Streaked Tuftedcheek, Bar-Bellied Woodpecker, Ochre-Faced Tody-Flycatcher, Cinnamon Flycatcher, Slaty-Capped Flycatcher, etc.
DAY 03: SAN PEDRO (cock of the rock lodge/paradise lodge)
At breakfast you will be greeted by warbling of birds early in the morning and then we take our private car to get to Cock of the Rock lek where we see a spectacular ritual from a comfortable hideaway here Cock of the Rock (male) considered national of Peru make dance to lure females that are there. Cock of the Rock lives in the pristine cloud forest of Manu mountains this area is also a paradise of colorful birds and after to see the cock of the rocks will birding along the road will see: Masked Trogon, Highland Motmot, Blue¬-Banded-Toucanet, Montane Foliage-Gleaner, White-Backed Fire-Eye Variable Antshrike, Yungas Mankin, Saffron-Crowned Tanager, Yellow-Rumped and Slaty Antwrens – Deep-Blue Flowerpiercer, Golden Tanager, Orange-Eared Tanager, etc. .
All the morning we will move to strategic points to observe most interesting birds.
After a delicious lunch to begin to explore the lower area until over lapping with the Amazon basin where it will be possible to see many more species such as: Umbrella Bird, Tropical Kingbird, Blue-Headed Parrot, Blue-Headed Macaw, Chestnut-Fronted Macaw, we can also observe medium size hummingbirds such as: Fork-Tailed Woodnymph, White- Chinned Sapphire also have the possibility to see the small hummingbirds Rufous-Crested Coquette, Blue-tailed Sapphire, Violet-Headed Hummingbird, etc…..
DAY 04: SAN PEDRO – CUSCO
Take breakfast early to go back to Cusco along the way back we will stop to observe birds some species that we are missing.
Difficulty level: 01 of 08 (easy to moderate)
Climate: The weather can change suddenly (very important) according to the season we can have some landslides (rainy season) December to April
Route: we make the tour by dust and narrow road.
Jungle lodges are basic but comfortable, some have electricity all day from a solar panel and provide energy to charge our batteries from a generator engine, and the rooms are double beds with mosquito net (depending on the area) with some shower shared and some are private with dining room and living room wide.
THINGS YOU SHOULD HAVE:
Stuff for birder
Torch for nocturnal birding
Poncho / rain jacket
Telescope if you have one
Camera and extra batteries
Meals (some are picnic)
Expert bilingual guide
The entire transport system
We recommend each passenger to tip ten soles per day (about five dollars) according to your personal satisfaction because in our culture is gratefully received it.